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% of their pay for are up to five months. that is what the pentagon says will happen to workers iers if automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1. >>> the clock is ticking. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. today the pentagon say said if that happens the vast majority of its 800,000 civilian workers will is to be furlough. >> this is one of the least or the most the distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: the employees with lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weaks. a a lot of about 20% of their pay. military personal would be excepted but officials warned even though it is the civilian work force that will take the direct hit in their wallet. >> the associated furloughs with impact our war fighters, our veterans and family members in on told ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay the automatic spending cuts for two months. that just set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1, $85 million in spending cuts go into effect all at once. in addition to the pentagon cuts it would also mean
saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
be slashed. the pentagon would take a major hit because they have a huge civilian work force. >> more than 80 percent of our civilians were outside of the d.c. metro area. >> one economist david that more than 2 million people will be out of work and 10 percent of them will be in california. >> coming up on kron 4 news weekend we will have the latest on the legal case against olympic debu double amputee oscar pistorius. but first, let's take a live look outside as san francisco. mom, i invited justin over for lunch. good. no, not good. he's a vegetarian and he's going to be here in 20 minutes! [ mom ] don't stress. we can figure this out. ♪ [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee. this is delicious. ♪ [ male announcer ] save the day in an instant. at&t. ♪ i'm just red carpets, big spectacles and the a-list. that's only the beginning. i have more than one red carpet. i like all sorts of spectacles. from the grandiose, to the impromptu... t
. tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, we're told president obama will focus on the middle class. cuts to headstart, research and thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis on the needs to continue jobs or have our manufacturing sector expand, that work isn't done. >> reporter: in the audience tonight the parent of a slain chicago teenager who had just marched in the inaugural parade, underscoring the president's gun control. the president is expected to address immigration reform, a move that may have more impact outside washington. >> the goal is to move public opinion because that's what moves congress. >> reporter: lawmakers and former lawmakers on both sides say his clear focus must be the budget. >> if we don't get it under control fairly soon, and have congress and the president lead us in this area, then we will end up with a nation that is insolvent. >> reporter: republicans are already criticizing what happens after tonight's speech. president obama hits the road, three cities in three days to push his agenda. >> mr. president, if you'r
're less than a month away from massive layoffs and cuts in spending at the pentagon and elsewhere. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. they call this the sequester and both signs long predicted it could harm the economy if the cuts are allowed to kick in. instead of working together to do something about it they resorted to the blame game a month before the deadline. republicans may be the party of spending cuts but on monday house speaker john boehner insisted the looming sequester was the president's idea. >> the president first proposed this sequester in 2011 and insisted that it be part of the debt limit agreement. >> reporter: unless congress acts the package of cuts worth $1.2 trillion will start to kick in march 1st, taking a $55 billion bite out of this year's defense budget and $27 billion from domestic discretionary spending. according to the congressional budget office more than 1 million jobs are at risk. defense secretary leon panetta had this warning. >> we are going to weaken the united states and make it much more difficult t
of superstorm sandy won't get money to repair their homes and businesses. the pentagon will take a major hit in its huge civilian work force. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. more than 80% of our civilians work outside of the dc metro area. they live and work in every state of the union. if furloughs experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april >> one economist estimates the sequester could put more than 2 million people out of work. ten percent of them in california. >> pam: developing at five -- the midwest feeling the pain of a severe winter storm. right now air travel still trying to recover -- this is video from an airport in st. louis. passengers stranded overnight. now the storm is moving towards new england. i'm here in the weather center with jaqueline -- is the worst over? >> jacqueline: it is not over. from what we can see in the south. some of these storms are severe towards the gulf coast. we swe can see the flow coming off of the gulf of mexico and ises impacting mississippi. through georgia. as we take a look and and what is in the mornings, these rainfall tot
's past and have dayed on his peeping tom arrest and his military service record. the pentagon has released documents to us detailing goulet's service in the marine corps for six years. he was also with the army if three years where he flew blackhawk helicopters and was a military police officer and received several medals but he was convicted of being a peeping tom in oregon. he had other run ins with the law enforcement there. we will have continuing courage on the santa cruz officers killed. we are awaiting the 11:30 news conference by santa cruz police and we will bring it to you live as soon as it begins and you can always get updates on our facebook page at abc news. >> there was a hoax of a rape on campus, the 21-year-old woman staged the attack and told police originally she was walking on a campus trail last week is she was beaten and assaulted. campus police issued a sketch of the suspect based on her description. they are reporting the case to the district attorney who could file charges for filing a false police report. >> pope benedict left the vatican today in an emot
. >>> the pentagon's new medal. coming up here in addition to honoring soldiers on the frontline the military may now reward troops away from the battlefront. new details on the significant celebration planned for themíá- [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ malcrrkkhshziiiizzlllee. to this symphony of flavor: beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. >>> the pentagon is creating a new medal. the distinguished warfare medal will be awarded to individuals for extra ordinary achievement related to a military operation. it does not require the recipient to risk his or her life. the medal would primarily go to service members who launch drone strikes or syne he attacks that can kill or disable an enemy. it is a recognition of the evolving 21st century war
the pentagon is expected to make changes in its benefits policy for same couples.3the agy begin nsex spouses of servic members military bases, md car of efense secretary leon panetta is expected to make the announcement t ch supports the mo >> jacqueline: mostly sunny skies. and a much needed storm system is leading the bay area. showers lingering towards friday. temperatures will be cooling down several degrees. more on the rain but first about tomorrow. we will start the area with fog. temperatures will be cooler. we will see more clear skies. clear, cold and napa. 34 in santa rosa. also near the coast but for the inland valleys it will be 30's. upper 30's for the south bay. temperatures tomorrow will be made the upper 50s but we will get to 60s and palo alto. upper 50s for the east bay. and 56 in union city, concord antioch. a bit cooler along the coast. 55 in san francisco, san rafael. 60s through napa. the satellite and radar showing the cloud coverage that we saw earlier. clear skies but this system will drop down to the north for thursday. midnight, mostly clear conditions and showers
." another vote is expected later this month. >> the pentagon is creating a new medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but have never set foot in a combat zone. it's called the distinguished warfare medal on wednesday. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval on wednesday. >> it was a valentine's day to remember for a family in virginia. they picked up a really big check -- for 217 million dollars. dave honeywell bought a winning powerball ticket earlier this month at the airport in richmond on his way to a convention in denver. dave says he got pretty distracted once he realized he was a multi-millionaire. >> "i started reading the numbers left to right and i'm like 'no this can't be'. and i looked up at the draw date to make sure it was the same date and i'm like 'this still can't be'. and pretty soon my hands are shaking like this. i can barely read the ticket anymore the shaking so bad." >> pam: the honeywells chose the cash option, so they'll be getting 136-million dollars, before taxes. their first big purchase? a new car t
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allen. who is nominated to lead nato forces in europe. allen was also exonerated in a pentagon investigation of questionable email exchanges with a florida woman. she was linked to the sex scandal that led to the resignation of c-i-a director david petraeus. dunford says the move is not about a change of command, its about continuity. >> a big day for boeing. the company is analyzing results of flight tests on it's 7-8- 7 planes. the test saturday was the first since the dreamliner was grounded three weeks ago due to battery fires. the 7-8-7 flew out of boeing field in seattle. spending two and a half hours in the air. the dreamliner is the first commercial plane to rely heavily on lithium-ion batteries. back in january -- a battery short-circuited and caught fire on a plane that landed in boston. >> some incredible video o straight ahead, many people celebrate chinese new year. the year of the stak snake mt. tam. (music) ♪ yeeeowwww! ♪ hot mess hot mess hot mess ♪ ♪ you're a hot kind of love you set me on fire ♪ ♪ you spice up my night feed my every desire ♪ jack
the pentagon. >> safety officials say more teenagers dying behind the wheel. a new report find that deaths of teenage drivers increased 19% for six months of last year. that is a reversal of a decade-long trend were of raw traffic fatalities declined to historical lows. the study finds the deaths are primarily among 16 and 17 year old. >> pollen season starting earlier this year in some parts of the u.s.. tree pollen is supposed to peak in march. grass pollen in the following weeks. but regions from the nation's capital to north texas off pollen count spike in february. here in the bay area, the tree pollen count is high right now. the most active pollens being cedar in juniper. researchers say if you are allergic, you will want to stay indoors during dawn and dusk when colin count is hire. >> the fda has expanded its approval for a bayer cancer pill to treat tumors of the intestines. regulators approve the drug to treat gastrointestinal tumors that do not respond to other treatment. in a study, patients taking the drug experienced a nearly four month delay in the growth of their to as com
others were killed. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta confirmed for the first time the pentagon supported providing arms to opposition groups in syria. president obama decided not to arm the rebels and that he supported that decision. johnjury room -- john mccain said the president should have followed the advice. >>> a hearing took place today for president obama's nominee to be the next director of the cia. it was interrupted several times by demonstrators. they demanded lawmakers st the drone program. he is believed to play a leading role in the drone program. >>> we are going to find him. you can't have this many people looking for you and not be found. >> we are monitoring the police hunt for chris dorner who is wanted for killing three people, including police officer. >> as promised, democrats unveiled a long list of gun control bills. hear how a bay area city played a key role in the announcement. the words are going this way-there's no way. oh, the lights came on. isn't technology supposed to make life easier? at chase we're pioneering innovations that make banking simp
: today the pentagon held a farewell ceremony for retiring defense secretary leon panetta. the 74-year-old panetta.. plans to remain on the job for another couple of weeks, while his llikely successor. former senator chuck hagel. awaits senate approval. panetta spent nearly four decades in washington as a congressman from california. federal budget director. white house chief of staff. and c-i-a director. where he oversaw the operation that killed osama bin laden. >> it's been for me, a hell of a ride. i will never forget the pride and exhilaration when i walked out of the white house after the president announced the success of the bin laden operation. >> pam: president barack obama praised the military's progress under panetta's watchful eye. pointing to the repeal of a ban on gays openly serving in the military. and the recent expansion of combat roles for women. >> the secret service is investigating the publication of private photographs of former presidents george h-w bush and george w bush. they appear to have been stolen from family e-mail accounts. the e-mails appeared on a go
-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to hit the pentagon. >> the child for the b.p. gulf coast oil spill or resume today. expected to testify will be uc berkeley engineer robert bea who played a prime role in investigating levy breeches and new york and ortolans after hurricane katrina. bea is an expert witness for the plaintiffs who sued b.p. plc and other companies over the deep water are rise in disaster. he shares his theories about will cause bbs make kondo well to blow out in 2010. the explosion 11 workers and spewed an estimated 172 million of gallons of crude oil into the gulf. >> a candlelight vigil was outside pleasant hills city hall to remember those killed and the new town shooting massacre and called for stricter gun laws. the gathering included the reading of the names of those killed in the shooting. those would tend it called for congress to pass stricter gun laws, including universal background checks for those who want to bridges fire arms, and the sullivans man and limits on high-capacity magazines. >> me while the debate over gun control is headed for the senate. the senate ju
panetta address festering is pharaoh's be to the pentagon this morning. >> the latest task combined with missile launches. experts predicting that north korea is trying to develop a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the united states. >> the detonation with about half the size of the nuclear blast in hiroshima during world war two. >> is as we registered as a 5.1 earthquake on the usgs seismic equipment. >> we're learning that president obama will announce that his state of the union address tonight that 34,000 troops will be home from afghanistan by next year. >> we also know the president will focus on boosting job creation, reducing gun violence and revamping immigration. >> he may also is a delays with north korea nuclear test we will see. after tonight's speech to president will hit the road to drum up support for his agenda. hitting three states in the next three days. >> al ceo tim cook will be among those in the capital aryan's as president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight. >> cooke is one the guest/first lady michelle obamas. >> the invitation is the
of spending cuts the pentagon will have to make. that's "if" congress and the white house can't agree on a federal budget. panetta says the cuts would cost the military 46- billion dollars this year alone. these steps would seriously damage. fragile american economy, and would degrade the ability to respond to a common flecke--conflictand dayse panettahe's suggesting less money in their paychecks next year. congress could still stand in the way -- but for now, the postal service is planning to end saturday mail delivery. the move would take effect in august. postal officials have been trying to do this for years -- but lawmakers have blocked the idea. so now -- they're going to go ahead and try it anyway. they're running into the usual opposition from farmers and the letter carriers' union. but one company that likes the idea is netflix. it figures the move would lower its costs. polluted air birth can make things difficult for us to polluted air birth can make things difficult for us to don't wait for presidents' day to save on a new mattress. polluted air birth can make sleep train'
was a u- sthis is a picture of him in uniform -- pentagon records pistol. february first. >>pam: this is a man who has his former employers for a long time. the los angles police department back in 2008. christopher dorner recently of what he sees as the injustices he's suffered. 'manifesto.' despite all the photos showing a smilinghe has apparently been a very angry man. february 4th around 9 in the morning.he sat down to writehis so-called manifesto on facebook. addressing it to "america". subject matter - "lastsaying he wants to 'reclaim his name'. dorner says in part that he was targeted by the los angeles police department because he reported a fellow officer for kicking a suspect and using excessive force. in another incident.he says neck after hearing him he says he now wishes he had simply shot the man. now, dorner writes "i will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in l-ap-d uniform whether on or off duty." dorner is angry about the people behind his firing. and angry about fellow officers he accuses of things like beating up a money. and then lying ab
programs as well as access to on base stores and services 16 months after the pentagon revealed the ban on openly gay servicemembers. an announcement is expected in the next few days. >>> britain is one step closer to legalizing gay marriage. a bill that would enable same- sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies passed the house of commons today in a 400-175 vote. the bill must go through several more stages before it can become law. the church of england along with the conservative party are among the ones opposed to the legislation. >>> transformin one of the bay area's busy streets, how the market street change may affect other streets in san francisco. >> the strange thing that happens when you mix diet soda and alcohol. coming up. [ engine revs ] [ female announcer ] small... [ engine revs ] wicked... ♪ ♪ and now... ♪ ♪ topless. ♪ ♪ the fiat 500 abarth cabrio. ♪ ♪ the center of a weeklong hostage situation in alabama. f-b-i says 65-year >>> new details about the man at the center of a week-long hostage situation
as new york city's mayor from 1978 to 1989. he was 88 years old. >> the pentagon as laying off up to 46,000 temporary workers as it braces for automatic budget cuts to kick in next month. 9.4 percent budget cuts across the board are due this year after the so-called fiscal cliff. lawmakers made a last-minute deal in january of folly to start date until march 1st. the cuts are expected to hit defense particularly hard, slicing $490 billion from the department's budget over the next decade. twitter says hikers may have gained access to data on some 250,000 users. it is the latest social me aside to be had by internet security attacks. twitter says it sent e-mail notices users affected after the hacker's gave access to names, e-mail addresses and passwords. the attack follows recent tax into the systems of other companies including the new york times and the wall street journal. >> we are seeing a drop and the dow jones industrial average. we closed above the 14,000 mark for the first time in five years. the dow is getting back in virtually all the gains that we had on friday with the dow
: sequestration requires more than one trillion dollars in cuts over a decade, half from the pentagon. it was proposed as a kind of a doomsday scenario --- now, it's potentially just three weeks away. the government has already delayed sequestration once this year---when it avoided going over the fiscal cliff in january. >> gay marriage is one close step closer. and the united kingdom. these victims from spain how now investigating this acalpulco that is causing american and british authorities to issue travel warnings. >> developer right now, the department of justice is sticking by its decision to not pursue any charges against lance armstrong. it was in 2012, after investigation the prosecutors announced they're going to drop the case. the cycling committee and at the time they did not give any reason for dropping the case. the attorneys is that of spite that he was stripped of his titles, he does not have to p an back pay back any of this does not have to p an back pay back any of this money that thhe hello? the words are going this way-there's no way. does not have to p an back p
michelle obama. >> spending cuts are forcing the pentagon to cut its aircraft carrier presence in the persian gulf. >> that is due to congressional fighting over automatic spending cuts in washington. >> plans for the u.s. as harry truman to deploy to the gulf later this week have been cancelled. >> world news and new overnight, new images have been released on iran state tv allegedly showing pictures taken from a u.s. drone captured in 2011. the video shows an aerial view of an airport in a city said to be kandahar , afghanistan. also shows images at a base in eastern iran . >> iran has long claimed did manage to take control of the drone and that is capable launching its own production line for the unman aircraft. u.s. officials say the drone malfunctioned and had to land in iran. >> rescue workers in the solomon islands are having a difficult time reaching remote areas ravaged by yesterday's tsunami. >> this comes at the death toll rose to at least nine people including a child. the tsunami was generated when a powerful 8.0 earthquake hit the town of lata in the easternmost
problems. or test 50=thousand people for h=i=v. the pentagon says it will cut 64=thousand civilian jobs in california. 130=thousand unemployed californians would lose help in finding jobs. and everyone receiving emergency unemployment benefits will get 11 percent less money. >> developing news-- the county sheriff's office has just released the 9-1-1 tapes from saturday's nascar crash. the crash injured at least 28-spectators at the daytona international speedway in daytona beach, florida. here's one of the 9-1-1 calls from a man who was trying to get medical help for injured fans. >> dispatcher: 9-1-1 where is your emergency? >> yeah, listen we're in section zero. section o. there's two seriously injured people here, okay. they've been calling for paramedics and nobody's shown up. >> dispatcher: okay. >> okay this is from the crash. these people really serious. sprint tower, section zero, row 30. we need help, bigtime quick. >> dispatcher:okay, they're on their way sir.' >> okay, thank you very much. bye. >> despite the crash, the daytona 500 went on as scheduled on sunday. driver jimm
to interstate 95 where there is a crash. here is the 395 camera from the pentagon. would look into silver springs. crews are still trying to clear this crash. let us get to jacqui jeras. >> 34 degrees. our wind chill is only 28. a bit of a cold start. clouds will be around today. our temperatures will be warmer. get into the war -- we may get into t 40's. a chance of some flurries or showers, especially the district, late tonight. the week.e rest of looks like a great forecast. ♪ >>> for her next act, beyonce as marie antoinette. following the super bowl performance. >> all right. >>> and from a beautiful woman to a beautiful man. but apparently josh isn't so sure what sets this guy apart from the rest. >> i can't figure it out, either. >> i thought you were going to pay josh a compliment. >> no, no. not a chance for that. >> should we play this a few more times until you notice what it is. >> i think we should study this. closely. >> it's his kind soul. >> it's his eyes. >> we sent our correspondent into the field of getting up close and personal with him. wait until you see how his mo
, civilian life so difficult? >> there's nothing in place -- i mean, the pentagon had some things, department of defense had some things, even special forces. they have a few programs for these guys but mostly they don't know about it. >> is that their fault? is the independepentagon doing but is not widely known? >> v.a. will tell you one pentagon program in particular is not widely known. >> navy s.e.a.l.s continue to fight bravely, accomplishing crit critical mission that is keep our nation safe. the details of the bin laden operation are well known. we take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life. without more information about this particular case, it would be difficult to determine the degree to which our transition progr programs succeeded. what's the takeaway? >> the takeaway is that i think it's great. i think it's great they're committed to these guys. at the same time what they offered him when he came out from that -- at the end of the raid, the next day or day after the raid was a form
from 95 to 270. aaron? >> you can expect changes if you use metro's pentagon station. today the south entrance of the station closes so the agency can replace three escalators. when completed this fall, the escalators will be similar to those installed at dupont circle. the north entrance will be open during construction. a look at the forecast after this. we gotta sell the car. where would we even start? get the car. hi howard. get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no strings attached. carmax. start here. >>> good morning. cold now in the 20s. later today in the mid and upper 30s with increasing clouds. tonight we might get a coating to an inch of snow. all the areas in light blue. that's much of virginia and maryland, the district. farther north and west out of the mountains one to two inches between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on a tuesday. could have a slick morning commute tomorrow. it melts tomorrow afternoon and then on wednesday, thursday into the weekend each day highs in the 40s. maybe rain on friday. that's the way it looks, aaro
news. new nuclear test overnight from a defiant north korea. nbc is live at the pentagon. mick, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we've been here before. this one has set off some serious alarm bells. first of all, early readings indicate that this nuclear device exploded by the north koreans may have been anywhere from three to six times more power than than previous tests. at the same time the north koreans claim they were able to achieve that with a much smaller device. that would indicate that they could be making progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and it could be put on a missile and theoretically launched at the you states. no one is confirming that, but it got everyone's attention. this blast got the immediate and sharp response from the white house. president obama says it threatens. u.s. national security. he says the united states will continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. and as matt mentioned a moment ago, the security council at the u.n. meeting at this moment to discuss tightening and increasing sanctions agai
. the boys mother said she can't describe how incredible it is to hold her son again. the pentagon is expected to announce soon that it will begin extending some benefits to same-sex couples who previously have been denied. it's not clear how extensive the list of additional benefits will be. the move comes about a year and a half after the official end of don't ask, don't tell. >>> some students from sandy hook elementary will be part of the preshow for this sunday's grammy awards. children recently recorded "over the rainbow" to help newtown, connecticut, heal from the december tragedy at that school. a different group of newtown children performed at the super bowl with jennifer hudson. >>> and it's not exactly nemo, but an orange and white gold fish has found a human friend. the disabled fish now sports, take a look closely, special sling to help it get around the tank. its owner says the fish may look silly but he adds it's better than lying at the bottom of the tank all day. i add it's better than floating at the top. it is now nine minutes after the hour. now let's get a che
to see you. i wanted to put this up. this is what's on the cover of "usa today." pentagon warns of huge cuts. when you think about what's going on in washington, right now, and you think about the sequester that may or may not happen, and you think about your history in washington, do you think that we will have the sequester? >> andrew, i don't know. i think it's a very complicated situation. i think we had a great opportunity and i actually thought there was some reasonable chance it might happen, which was to have a grand bargain that could have addressed what is really unsustainable and deeply dangerous long-term fiscal situation and i think if we had done that, not only would be useful for the long run but i think could have generated confidence in the shorter run and promote jobs now. now instead of that we have a happen has 5rd process. a sequester we're facing. it's a terrible piece of legislation. it arbitrarily cuts defense and nondefense without thoughtfully doing so. instead of being phased in so we'd have more room for recovery, it hits abruptly. and it's far, far from clea
. >>> the pentagon is cutting back the number of aircraft carriers in and around the persian gulf from two to one because of budget cuts. the move is expected to save several hundred million dollars. there have been two carriers in the region, though, for the last two years. >>> researchers say there's a new strain of whooping cough out there that may be resistant to the vaccine used for decades. last year was the worst year for whooping cough in the u.s. in more than 50 years. health officials think this new strain may be the reason why. the new germ was first found in france, japan and finland. now it's been found here in the u.s. . and one day after the u.s. postal service announced the end of saturday home mail delivery, in belgium the postal service there is adding something, chocolate flavored stamps. they are especially made to taste and smell like chocolate, definitely worth a second lick. no calories either, i don't think. a massachusetts man hoping his 14-year-old daughter will spend more time hitting the textbooks by staying away from facebook. he drew up a contract and agreed to pay h
is a sequester that goes into effect cutting $85 billion this year. the pentagon notifies congress today of its large-scale furlough plan should those cuts kick in. >>> let's head to wall street. cnbc's jackie deangelis is at the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning, natalie. another day, another cyber attack. this time on apple. authorities believe that the hackers that targeted facebook last week used the same software to attack the mac computers of apple employees. all this, of course, coming on the heels of chrysler, jeep and burger king saying their twitter accounts were hacked. >>> meanwhile it isn't 1999 but investors are sure partying like it is, after nasdaq hit an all-time high. google its stock price topping $800 a share yesterday. natalie? >> all right. jackie at the new york stock exchange, thank you. >>> the vice president is generating some buzz after a facebook town hall chat with parents' magazine and a discussion focusing on joe biden's gun control efforts. he gave frank advice on self-defense. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun.
. just in time for spring, national parks like yosemite will see their services cut, the pentagon planning to force more than 700,000 defense department workers to take one day off a week, a 20% pay cut. near quantico marine base in northern virginia, the anticipation is already breeding anxiety. >> people are hunkered down, really afraid to spend any kind of money. >> reporter: there is bipartisan agreement for one thing, both sides seem to agree that these cuts will go into affect at the end of this week. there's also at least some good news. most of the layoffs and furloughs won't actually take place until a month from now. >> maybe they will sort it out at some point. peter alexander at the white house, thank you very much. >>> let's get a check of the top stories of the morning. natalie is here with those. >> good morning to you. >> good morning. welcome back. >> thank you. >> good morning, savannah. in the news this morning, john kerry is in london this morning as he kicks off his first official overseas trip as secretary of state. nbc's foreign chief correspondent andrea mi
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